Monday, January 6, 2014
I thought it would be fun to hang some mittens by the fireplace. I saw this idea somewhere using miniature mittens; but, being the practical one that I am, I could not see putting in all the time to knit mittens that no one could wear and with 12 grandchildren someone can always use another pair of mittens. These were knit using 'Spud and Chloe' Sweater. That is my grandmothers tea pot. It says Lipton on the bottom. I wonder if she saved stamps to send away for it ... or maybe box tops? My sisters and I would get the fun job of putting all those S&H Green Stamps and Gold Bond Stamps into the books to be sent in for redemption.
Saturday, December 28, 2013
I love giving had made gifts! I have been invited to a couple baby showers this winter so I have been working on ideas for baby quilts. Using the Elephant quilt block I found here I made this baby quilt for a nephew and his wife who are expecting their first child. I needed it to be gender neutral and I think this fits the bill. Kind of a modern edge on the standard 9 patch quilt with the bright border. I used cotton quilt batting and the geometric print for the back side. I like the softness of cotton batting and the way the quilt looks after a few washings. Such a classic batting. I quilted this little quilt using my walking foot making squares in each block and multiple lines along the border. I stitched around the elephant using a quarter inch seam allowance.
Sunday, December 22, 2013
Sunday, December 8, 2013
Saturday, November 30, 2013
It has long been our desire to market some of our creations. Life has been rather busy the last couple years and we haven't been able to devote the kind of time needed to make the dream a reality. Things are moving forward now and I have opened a shop on ETSY called FreshMakedHome featuring handmade home décor items similar to ones that have been featured here on the blog. Starting out with pillows, towels and some knitted items, I will be expanding the selection as we move forward with this exciting new venture. I will keep you posted as we add new items. Jump on over and see the entire collection.
Monday, November 11, 2013
I made these hats a while back using Spud and Chloe Sweater yarn bits and pieces left from various projects. Spud and Chloe sweater is such a soft combination of wool and cotton in an easy care yarn that any kid will love to wear. This is a variation of the Marley hats in Susan B. Anderson's "Itty Bitty Hats" book. Susan is so creative and I love using her patterns as a jumping off point to create simple hats with the yarns I have on hand. She includes a lot of fun adornments to make each hat unique.